FC Prishtina

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FC Prishtina
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Full name Klubi Futbollistik Prishtina
Founded 1922; 92 years ago (1922)
Ground Pristina City Stadium
Ground Capacity 16,200
Chairman Remzi Ejupi
Manager Afrim Tovërlani
League Raiffeisen Superliga
2013/14 Raiffeisen Superliga, 4th

Football Club Prishtina is a football club based in Pristina, Kosovo.[a] The club plays in the Raiffeisen Football Superleague of Kosovo.

History[edit]

FC Prishtina was founded in 1922 under the name Gajret. Later on their name changed to Proleter and Kosova, and finally FC Prishtina

Yugoslav period[edit]

In the beginning the club competed in Yugoslav lower leagues all the way until the beginning of the World War II when the region was annexed to Albania. In 1942 Prishtina competed in the North group of the 1942 Albanian Championship finishing in fourth and bottom place of their group.[1] After the end of the war the club returned to the Yugoslav league system and played mostly in the Yugoslav Second League.

Its most famous and successful period was from 1983 to 1988 when it was a member of the highest football division in Yugoslavia, the "Prva Liga" (First League). During those years they traded in mid table, boasting a good home record, including one of their most memorable victories against Red Star Belgrade in 1983. That was the "Golden Generation" of Priština (Sukri Pacarada, Xhevdet Muriqi, Mensur Nexhipi, Skender Shengyli, Kujtim Shala, Fadil Vokrri, Fadil Muriqi, Zoran Batrović, Sahit Kelmendi, Faruk Domi, Fatih Domi, Agim Cana, Abdyl Bellopoja, Llapashtica, Kosta Lalić, Ramadan Cimilli, Favzi Rrama, Edmond Rugova, Mehana Ramadani, Danilo Mandić, Ljubiša P. Trajković, Petre Gruevski, Neshat Zhavelli, Rifat Mehinović, Zoran Martinović, coach Maxhuni, later coach Miroslav Blažević), that was almost unbeatable on their stadium.

This period started after FC Prishtina became champions of the 1982–83 Yugoslav Second League. In the following season they finished 8th in the 1983–84 season, and they represented Yugoslavia in the 1983-84 Mitropa Cup. In a 4 team group tournament they managed to lose just one match out of six, however they finished in second place, only one point behind the winners, Austrian team SC Eisenstadt.[2]

1983-84 Mitropa Cup

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FC Prishtina vs

During the following seasons it managed to stay in mid table in the Yugoslav top tier all the way until 1988 when they were relegated back to the Second League. They will return to the top flight 4 years later to play in the 1992–93 First League of FR Yugoslavia now formed with clubs only from Serbia and Montenegro. However the club finished 17th and was relegated. Since then, FC Prishtina played in the Second League of FR Yugoslavia until 1997 when they returned to top flight after winning the Group East, one of the two subdivisions of the 1996–97 Second League of FR Yugoslavia.[3] FC Prishtina will play in the First League of FR Yugoslavia for the following 2 seasons, although the 1998–99 season was interrupted in late March by the NATO bombing and the Kosovo War.

Season2008 League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes Manager
1982–83 Yugoslav Second League 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Promoted
1983–84 Yugoslav First League 8 34 15 3 16 36 55 33 ?
1984–85 Yugoslav First League 10 34 13 6 15 44 49 32 ?
1985–86 Yugoslav First League 11 34 13 6 15 37 47 32 ?
1986–87 Yugoslav First League 14 34 13 4 17 47 52 30 ?
1987–88 Yugoslav First League 18 34 10 7 17 43 59 27 ? Relegated
1988–89 Yugoslav Second League ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1989–90 Yugoslav Second League 4 38 21 4 (1) 13 61 39 43 ? 1
1990–91 Yugoslav Second League ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1991–92 Yugoslav Second League ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Promoted
1992–93 First League of FR Yugoslavia 18 36 7 9 20 32 64 23 ? Relegated
1993–94 Second League of FR Yugoslavia 9 ? ? ? ? ? ? 31 ?
1994–95 Second League of FR Yugoslavia 14 ? ? ? ? ? ? 30 ?
1995–96 Second League of FR Yugoslavia 17 ? ? ? ? ? ? 35 ?
1996–97 Second League of FR Yugoslavia 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? 66 ? Promoted
1997–98 First League of FR Yugoslavia 16 33 17 9 7 57 28 60 Last 32
1998–99 First League of FR Yugoslavia 17 24 5 3 16 25 49 18 Last 32 2

12-points for winners. If the game finished as draw, the penalty kicks were taken and only the winner has gained 1 point. In brackets there are those penalty-kick points.

2 Championship abandoned officially on 14 May 1999 due to the NATO attacks on FR Yugoslavia. Due to UNMIK, FC Prishtina back to play in Kosovar league system only.

After 1999[edit]

Since Kosovo became independent, FC Prishtina left the Serbian football league system and became part of the Kosovar Superliga (Reiffeisen Superliga) which became the highest football division of Kosovo. As the club from Kosovo with most successful results in the past and the best infrastructure, FC Prishtina became dominant in the early years of the competition, and has won the first two editions, in 1999-00 and 2000-01. Afterwords, it will be champion in 2003-04 and will win again two titles in a row between 2007,2009 and 2012, which were the first three editions after the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Since 1999, FC Prishtina has been 6 times Kosovo champion until 2011 being the club with most league titles.[4] Between 1945 and 1999 the Kosovar league was a regional league of the Yugoslav league system, and FC Prishtina has not gathered many titles in that league because it usually competed in higher national levels.

The official fan club is called Plisat.

Honours[edit]

Kosovo Kosovar Superliga
  • Champions: 1991/92, 1994/95, 1996/97, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2003/04, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2011/12, 2012/13
Kosovo Kosovar Cup
  • Winners: 1993/94, 2005/06, 2012/13
  • Runner-ups: 1999/2000, 2002/03, 2008/09, 2009/2010, 2010/11
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslav Second League
  • Champions: 1982/83
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Second League of FR Yugoslavia (Group East)
  • Champions: 1996/97
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Kosovar League (pre-1991)
  • Champions: 1947/48, 1950/51, 1953/54, 1958/59, 1960/61, 1976/77, 1978/79

Players[edit]

No. Position Player
1 Kosovo GK Alban Muçiqi
23 Kosovo GK Kushtrim Mushica
1 Kosovo GK Bledar Hajdini
12 Kosovo GK Visar Bekaj
29 Kosovo DF Drilon Berisha
21 Kosovo DF Liridon Kukaj
4 Kosovo DF Adnan Haxhaj
5 Kosovo DF Viktor Kuka
2 Kosovo DF Armend Thaqi
Kosovo DF Arbër Pira
3 Kosovo DF Akil Makolli
19 Kosovo MF Azem Ahmeti
7 Albania MF Berat Ahmeti
No. Position Player
20 Albania MF Driton Krasniqi
8 Senegal MF Papa Doc Fai
10 Kosovo MF Gentrit Begolli
18 Albania MF Lorik Aliu
27 Kosovo MF Qëndrim Jahaj
17 Kosovo MF Isuf Llumnica
22 Kosovo MF Granit Begolli
14 Kosovo MF Agron Gashi
9 Albania FW Liridon Latifi
45 Kosovo FW Shkëmbim Salihu
32 Albania FW Labinot Shabani
11 Kosovo FW Shend Kelmendi
24 Albania FW Kastriot Rexha

Staff[edit]

Technincal Staff

  • Head Coach: Afrim Toverlani
  • Assistant Head Coach: Fadil Berisha
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Bahri Berisha
  • Physio: Atdhe Halimi

Administration

  • Vice-President: Naser Hyseni
  • Club Secretary: Habib Limani
  • Treasurer: Esmet Grainca

Board of Directors

  • President: Remzi Ejupi
  • Vice-President: Ahmet Kurtolli
  • Director: Afrim Muçiqi
  • Member of Board: Rrahman Hajredini
  • Member of Board: Sinan Vllasaliu
  • Member of Board: Ismet Begolli
  • Member of Board: Mersim Govori
  • Member of Board: Sokol Krasniqi
  • Member of Board: Rapsod Berisha

Notable players[edit]

This is a list of FC Prishtina players with senior national team appearances:[5][6]

Coaches[edit]

This is the list of coaches of FC Prishtina:[7]

Presidents[edit]

  • Borislav Božović: 1971-71
  • Gani Pula : 1971–1973; 1976–77
  • Ramadan Vraniqi: 1973–1976
  • Blagoje Kostić: 1977 –1981
  • Nazmi Mustafa: 1981 –1982
  • Sadik Vllasaliu: 1982–1983
  • Mehmet Maliqi: 1983 –1984
  • Muharrem Ismajli: 1984–1986
  • Bajram Tmava: 1986–1988
  • Živorad Ivić: 1988–1989
  • Shefqet Keqekolla: 1989
  • Mile Savić: 1989–1990
  • Beqir Aliu: 1991–1999
  • Remzi Ejupi: 2007 – present

Notes[edit]

a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 107 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copy of Besnik Dizdari Historia e Kampionatëve të Shqipërise. Vol. III: Vitet 1939-’42 Ombra GVG, Tiranë, 2004, p. 150 at sktirana.com (Albanian)
  2. ^ Mitropa Cup 1983/84 at RSSSF
  3. ^ League tables at fsgzrenjanin.com, retrieved 7-2-2012 (Serbian)
  4. ^ Kosovo - List of Champions at RSSSF
  5. ^ FK Priština at National-Football-Teams.com
  6. ^ KF Prishtinë at National-Football-Teams.com
  7. ^ Historia e Klubit at FC Prishtina official website, retrieved 15-1-2014 (Albanian)
  8. ^ http://www.prishtinafc.com/fcp/site/index.php? p=3&id=8&lng=1

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